A New, Peculiar State: Explorations in Soviet History, 1917-1937

A New, Peculiar State: Explorations in Soviet History, 1917-1937

A New, Peculiar State: Explorations in Soviet History, 1917-1937

A New, Peculiar State: Explorations in Soviet History, 1917-1937

Synopsis

Using a variety of old and new archival sources to examine the emergence of the Soviet system (1917-1937), this combined approach offers a chronologically coherent and original construction of some crucial stages and problems in Soviet history. The past two centuries have produced an extraordinary number of new states--more than 30 in 20th-century Europe alone. It is within this turbulent context that one must analyze the rise of the Soviet state, an entity that would prove fragile in the long run despite its all-powerful facade. An examination of the extreme features and peculiarities of the Soviet variant offers revealing insights into this exceptional historical process and contributes to a wider understanding of the European "Forty Year" War (1912-1953).
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